UFC 273 is almost a week away, and the fans are about to witness a Welterweight clash worth remembering. Gilbert Burns is about to face the biggest prospect in UFC history, Khamzat Chimaev. It goes without saying, the hype is at an all-time high, and it will be interesting to see whether Khamat Chimaev can continue his dominant run inside the Octagon.
The Chechen fighter has demolished all his opponents so far in his UFC career. However, he has not faced an opponent who is as experienced and skilled as Gilbert Burns. Gilbert Burns is one of the best welterweights in UFC right now. Burns has had his share of ups and downs over the last year. He made a spectacular comeback right after losing to his former teammate, Kamaru Usman in a title fight with a dominant performance against Stephen Thompson.
In what is considered a possible #1 contender’s match for the UFC Welterweight Championship, as a heavy underdog, Gilbert Burns will look to shock the world this weekend at UFC 273.
In a recent interview with TMZ, Burns revealed how he is gearing up to take down one of the scariest contenders in his division.
Khamzat Chimaev’s wrestling is a huge threat to the top UFC welterweights including Gilbert Burns. However, the addition of Kamaru Usman in Burns’ training camp will certainly give him an edge in the wrestling department.
He also compared their relationship to Rocky and Apollo Creed. Here’s what He said-:
“That’s Rocky and Apollo, you know. Apollo beat Rocky and came out to help out so yeah… and to be honest, I make peace with that, you know, the guy beat me, okay, congratulations. I don’t have that personal thing. For sure I want to become a champion but I’m not after Kamaru. I’m after the title, I want to become a champion, I want to become the best but I don’t have no beef, nothing personal, no grudge, nothing against Kamaru”
Gilbert Burns says he has nothing personal against Kamaru Usman
Gilbert Burns disclosed that Kamaru Usman is training at his own pace because he still hasn’t recovered from the hand ligament surgery. While the duo hasn’t trained much together lately due to Usman’s injury, the champ has been watching ‘Durinho’ closely and guiding him for his upcoming bout against Chimaev.
“I think he’s still recovering for the right hand, yeah, that he had surgery so he’s doing a lot of bag work, he’s wrestling a little bit…He was helping me a couple of times, not training with me but kind of coaching, kind of being on the side, giving me a lot of advice [on] a lot of things”- Burns said in the interview.
The “Nigerian Nightmare” is likely to step foot into the octagon again to defend his title against Leon Edwards in 2022.